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Earthquake Information for Communities

This page contains links to information of use to local governments and others interested in the seismic safety of their communities. Although earthquakes cannot be prevented, there are many things that can be done to reduce the chances that seismic events will harm local citizens, destroy public or private property, or unduly disrupt the life of the community. Use these resources to help make your city or town more resilient and more resistant to the potentially dangerous and damaging effects of earthquakes.

  • Publications
    FEMA offers a variety of earthquake-related information resources, ranging from reports, handbooks, guides, and manuals to posters, software, web-based tools, and instructional materials. Browse and access these resources; many publications can be downloaded online, and others can be ordered in print or on compact disc.
  • Grants
    FEMA maintains several grant programs whose funds can be used to help mitigate the effects of earthquakes. Learn more about these programs, all of which can benefit local government efforts either directly or indirectly.
  • Training
    FEMA offers training and technical assistance focused on earthquake risk reduction, particularly on identifying and mitigating seismic hazards in the built environment. Other FEMA training addresses mitigation, preparedness, and response subjects that are applicable to earthquakes and other hazards.
  • QuakeSmart
    This FEMA program is reaching out to businesses located in seismically at-risk communities through an informative web site, through partnerships with local chambers of commerce, and through QuakeSmart-sponsored events to inform and engage businesses in effective, ongoing earthquake preparedness and mitigation activities.
  • Building Codes
    Learn about two of the most important strategies for mitigating earthquake risks, the adoption and enforcement of up-to-date building codes and the seismic retrofitting of vulnerable structures.
  • Contacts
    Find individuals and organizations that you can go to for more information about earthquake risk-reduction activities in your state, in your region, or at FEMA.
Last Updated: 
12/22/2015 - 17:23